Definition of Cimmerian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting members of an ancient nomadic people who overran Asia Minor in the 7th century BC.

    • ‘A full Jurassic succession is rarely preserved in the southern North Sea Basin because of erosion associated with the late Cimmerian unconformity.’
    • ‘Throughout this interval the Indo-China, Sibumasu and Cimmerian mini-continents lay just to the south/west of South China and were slowly amalgamating with that block.’
    • ‘Cimmeria begins its collision with Laurasia to form the Cimmerian orogeny.’
    • ‘The Cimmerian islands, the present Turkey, Iran and Tibet, broke completely free of the Australian craton and moved rapidly to the north.’
    • ‘Like other blocks of the Cimmerian continent, the Baoshan block rifted from Gondwanaland.’
    indistinct, faint, vague, ill-defined, unclear, blurred, blurry, misty, hazy, foggy, veiled, cloudy, clouded, nebulous, fuzzy
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  • 2Greek Mythology
    Relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead.

    • ‘There the people dwell, Of the Cimmerians, in eternal cloud And darkness.’
    • ‘His eyes adjusted to the now familiar gloom of the Cimmerian's headquarters.’


  • A member of the historical or mythological Cimmerian people.

    • ‘In this sequel to Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard's proud Cimmerian sets forth on a heroic quest to recover a magical treasure and restore the life of his beloved Valeria.’
    • ‘Although this is billed as a Conan story, we really don't see too much of the Cimmerian warrior.’


Via Latin from Greek Kimmerios + -an.